Living in the state of Ohio, the home of the Buckeyes, the last 3 years I've learned a few things. One deliciously tasty thing I've learned is this Buckeyes Recipe! These chocolate peanut butter morsels are deadly! They are rich and addicting.
It was from one of my husband's fellow graduate students, a fella that LOVES sweets just as much as I do, that treated us to a tupperware full of these goodies. When he shared the recipe I just about choked on the ingredients! No wonder they are so tasty. Resigned to eating only a few, but failing miserably, these treats are better made for parties or large gatherings. With more people there's a better chance I won't be "obligated" to eat them all.
The recipe below is in the quantities for such an occasion so feel free to knock it down a scale if you're making Buckeyes just for your family. And whether you're living in Ohio or not, these chocolate peanut butter bites should be enjoyed everywhere!
1lb Butter (bluebonnet is great!)
2 cup Peanut Butter
3 lb Powdered Sugar
dash of Vanilla Extract
12 oz bag of chocolate chips
**Note: Can also use brownie mix to make buckeye brownie bites and then follow steps 2-5.
1) In a large mixing bowl combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla and sugar. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. **Note: If the dough looks dry that's fine.
2) Using toothpicks, insert them into the top of each ball and chill in the freezer for a good 30 minutes.
3) While they're freezing, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or in a bowl set over simmering water on the stove top. Make sure to stir frequently so the chocolate doesn't burn.
4) Remove the frozen balls and dip them in the melted chocolate, by holding onto the toothpick.
5) To make them look like true buckeyes, leave a small portion of the peanut butter ball showing. Place the buckeye on the baking sheet and store them in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets and you're ready to serve them.